You have probably heard all the talk about dental implants and wondered what the big deal is. Perhaps you even have questions about whether they are just a fad or if they are something you should pay attention to.
If you have missing teeth or plan to have teeth extracted, dental implants are something you should definitely consider as a tooth replacement option. In fact, dentists consider dental implant procedures the most effective tooth replacement therapy and not just because they look great.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants can save your jawbone and your dentistry. When you lose a tooth, something starts happening in your jawbone where that tooth used to be. Since your tooth is no longer there, anchoring to your bone, your bone begins to resorb. Resorption is when your bone breaks down into minerals and calcium and your bloodstream carries it away. This occurs due to the dependant relationship between your teeth and bone that creates stability.
Resorption is one condition implants help to prevent. The other condition involves your shifting teeth. Just like pulling a book out of the center of a bookshelf, your teeth tip toward one another, filling in those gaps. It may sound like a good thing, but it can have a serious effect on your bite and create problems with your occlusion (how your teeth come together). Special ligaments hold your teeth in place and even when your teeth are off by a millimeter or two, it can create pain, sensitivity, and cracked teeth.
Dental implants address both of these problems and not only anchor to your jawbone, but also hold the space where your natural tooth used to be. Additionally, dental implants look great and function like your natural teeth. Keeping them clean is easy, too. If you care for your dental implants properly, they may even last you a lifetime.
If you are interested in dental implants, contact Keledjian Dental and we can answer all of your questions and help you decide if they are the right choice for you!